BRIDGTON, Maine — Bridgton selectmen and former Rockport Town Manager Robert Peabody are negotiating terms of an agreement for Peabody to become that town’s next manager.
Douglas Taft, vice chairman of the Bridgton Board of Selectmen, said Monday that Peabody was introduced to residents at the town’s June 11 town meeting but that a contract has yet to be signed.
Peabody, a Rockland resident, was most recently the interim town manager at Old Orchard Beach. The Old Orchard Beach Town Council voted in March to appoint Peabody while they searched for a new manager.
Peabody served as Rockport’s town manager for nine years until he resigned in February 2013 after being on paid administrative leave for the two weeks leading up to his announcement. The town paid Peabody a severance of $52,836 following a series of closed-door meetings by the Rockport Select Board.
The severance agreement called for Peabody to not make disparaging remarks about the town and for town officials to not make disparaging remarks about Peabody for the next two years.
The reasons why the town and Peabody were at odds were never released. A week after Peabody was placed on administrative leave, an executive assistant he hired was fired.
Peabody also had served as town administrator in Hope for two years before he was hired in Rockport.
Peabody served as a Rockland city councilor from 1987 through 1993 and then again from 1995 through 1998. He was elected by his council peers three times (1992, 1996 and 1997) to serve as Rockland’s mayor.